I used to race when I was in college on the NCCA circuit in SoCal. And spent part of a summer racing in CORPS in colorado. Riding from Crested Butte over Pearl Pass in the summer is pretty epic. This was years ago. My team was sponsored by Mavic, Slime, Redlands Cyclery, Kreitler and a couple other good companies. Those were the good times
I used to also test shimano prototypes because I had a reputation for being pretty rough with my stuff. Broke two frames, one was a Specialized M2 (to give you an idea how long ago that was
). the regional rep said he'd never seen an M2 broken at a weld... Anyways, they gave me a new one. I also remember testing some prototype Shimano clipless pedals so I felt like a minor celebrity at that race.
I'm riding (and I use that term loosely) a Schwinn Carbon FS now. It's like 10 years old but it still works well. And I still commute to work sometimes on that super old M2 that I used to race on.